Since the fall of Adam and Eve people have faced quite a dilemma, but Christ’s dying on the cross at Calvary saved us. Our first parents’ failure led to the fall of humanity. Moral evil (sin) entered the world and since then we’ve lived in a state of alienation from God. This came about as the result of the betrayal of trust in the Garden of Eden. With this betrayal people were saddled with a toxic and malignant power. The core of sin is disbelief, and hardness of heart that has blighted us. Believers have therefore made bad choices, but God wants us to reverse course. Franz Wright (b. 1953), a poet wrote, “I am in no way different from anyone else, that my predicament, my sense of loneliness or isolation may be precisely what unites me with everyone else.” Wright reflected this plight.
State of Enmity
Repercussions followed mankind’s fall, and there’s a lack of reconciliation with God. Many individuals now worship false idols, and their consumption has become a standard. With the propensity to sin we are afflicted, and we are struck with evils of all sorts. With misplaced allegiances we have unwittingly become willing accomplices of evil. Thomas Sydenham (1624–1689), an English author and physician said, “Lastly, he must remember that he himself hath no exemption from the common lot, but he is bound by the same laws of mortality, and liable to the same ailments and afflictions with his fellows.” Thus we all bear this burden.
Presently some are living with souls weighed down, tormented, and corrupted. But in pursuing evil we might be lost. For its through salvation souls are saved. By being separated from God people live in a state of enmity with him. They are those who have fallen short of his glory. The bible teaches “... the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23). Eugene Ionesco (1909–1994), a Romanian playwright wrote, “There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.” Ionesco recognized this problem.
It’s for us to do something about corruption - for Jesus is our new Adam. He alone can expiate our guilt, and heal our souls. Only he can cleanse our corrupt nature, and save us from eternal punishment. Evil has led to moral and spiritual bondage. Only Christ could wipe away our negative, and defeated thoughts. Chuck Palahniuk (b. 1962), a novelist and freelance journalist said, “Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home … it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” Palahniuk believed the way people must change was by embracing a new attitude of love when pursuing peace, and the truth.